Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, located in the northwestern corner of the state. With a population of over 31,000, Newark is the third-largest city in the state, and is the home of the University of Delaware, giving Newark a distinct “college town” feel. Newark was once the home of the Chrysler Newark Assembly plant, which was opened in 1951 and provided jobs to almost a tenth of the city’s population before closing in 2007, due to the restructuring of Chrysler and the decline of the Durango and Aspen models, which were the two main models produced at the plant.
Founded in 1694, Newark remained a sleepy little hamlet even after King George II granted an official charter to the town in 1758, and Newark has a strong history of education, with the first grammar school opening in 1743. Known as the Newark Academy, it produced three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The University of Newark was established in 1833 as Newark College (renamed in 1921), and its first major industrial plant, a paper mill, was opened 1798, and remained in business until 1997. Today, much of Newark’s industry has collapsed, leading to a roughly 20% unemployment rate city-wide.
Like Wilmington, which sits just 12 miles northeast of the city, Newark has warm summers and cold winters. During the summer months average daily highs reach into the mid-to-upper 80’s, topping 90 on occasion, and overnight lows tend to drop down into the mid-to-upper 60’s. During the winter months, however, average highs only reach into the low 40’s, with overnight lows often dropping into the low-to-mid 20’s. Snow is relatively common during the winter months, and lows in the teens are not entirely uncommon during the depths of the season.
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